Some prefer to use the term East Indian laurel, so as not to confuse the tree with the many similarly named trees.
Greg Engle, sales manager of Certainly Wood Inc., in East Aurora, NY, says the East Indian laurel he sees most often is quarter cut, straight grain and plain figure.
Engle says typical uses for the East Indian laurel veneer include custom furniture and home interior products.
Clift said East Indian laurel makes gorgeous wall paneling.
East Indian laurel is listed as moderately durable, with its sapwood liable to attack by powder post beetles.